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Claussen's Bakery

Claussen's Bakery: A Landmark of Industrial Columbia

On Thursday, January 17, we will take guests on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Claussen’s Bakery, a historic Five Points landmark that originated as Claussen’s Bakery in 1928. The building was built by George Frederick Claussen, the grandson of a German immigrant who had previously established a steam bakery in...

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A World-Class Museum of Reconstruction

By: Dawn Mills Campbell

Historic Columbia and Richland County have a long-standing partnership in preserving some of the Midlands most significant historic assets, including the Woodrow Wilson Family Home. Today, this site serves as the home to A Museum of Reconstruction and explores the racial, social and political landscape of Columbia and Richland County...

Modjeska Monteith Simkins

Help Tell Modjeska Simkins' Story

By: Megan Plott, Director of Development

Each year, Historic Columbia’s Annual Fund program supports a meaningful project that will have lasting impact on our community. This year’s annual fund is focused on the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House. Built between 1890 and 1895, this one-story cottage was home to Modjeska Monteith Simkins (pictured above)—considered "the matriarch of Civil...

Gross family Christmas tree

A Historic Holiday Snapshot

By: John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources

On December 22, 1955, readers of The Columbia Record newspaper met a full-page chronicle of Columbia’s Gross family preparing to ring in the holidays. With husband Albert M. Gross ill and states away in Florida, wife Miriam wrangled her six children, ages 18 months through ten years, as the annual...

Bishop's Cap Napkin

#TipTuesday | How to Fold a Bishop's Cap Napkin

We're back today with another #TipTuesday! If you're entertaining this holiday season and want to add a touch of history to your party, check out this quick video on the history of the Bishop Cap napkin fold with Historic Columbia's director of historic house museums, Fielding Freed. This kind of...

Decoration at Robert Mills

Historic Holidays Around the World

By: James Quint, Director of Education

Celebrating the holidays often means taking part in family traditions year after year. Each activity holds meaning and value for a family—from trimming the tree to caroling in the neighborhood. But have you ever wondered where these traditions originated? The staff and volunteers at Historic Columbia love sharing these stories...

Total Eclipse

In the Path of Totality

By: John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources

Have you ever been in the path of something that you cannot escape? Have you ever been faced with an event that cannot be avoided? Such situations often elicit anxiety or even dread. What if you knew exactly when and where such an event was to occur? What would you...

Pastor's Study on Main Street

A Sunday Stroll Through Main Street

Main Street in Columbia has lived a double life. Today, festivals, farmers markets, as well as retail and cultural arts institutions, make Main Street one of the city’s most vibrant districts. But what was Main Street like in the past? To answer that question, we need to look one block...

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True Love at the Robert Mills House

By: Fielding Freed, Director of Historic House Museums

I was a newspaper photographer when I was a much younger man. During the late 1990s, as that field began to shrink, I went back to graduate school then on to work in the museum field. I’m still a shutterbug though, and I still shoot good old fashioned negative film...

Ma! My Toys Are Broken

Historic Holiday Playlist

To help you get ready for the holidays, Historic Columbia offers a series of #TipTuesdays to give you some ideas for holiday decorating and entertaining with a historic twist. To kick us off this week, we went diving through some archive collections to create a cool (if somewhat obscure) playlist...